Van Peursem leads BSC in 89-77 loss to Centre

Laura van Peursem (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team dropped its third straight game on Friday evening, losing to Centre at home 89-77. The Panthers fall to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Colonels move to 14-7 overall and 8-2 in the SAA with their third straight win.

Freshman Laura van Peursem led BSC and established a new career high with 14 points as well as an impressive six blocks. Senior Elizabeth Bromirski added 13 points, and sophomore Ashley Curry had 12. Bromirski also led with six rebounds.

The Colonels maintained a modest lead throughout most of the first half, staying just a step ahead of the Panthers until the 5:36 mark when a layup by freshman Camillia Carter put BSC up 29-28. The teams traded baskets a few times before the Panthers were able to pull out to a seven-point 41-34 lead with 31 seconds left before Centre made a free throw and a jumper at the buzzer to cut it to 41-37 at halftime.

BSC held onto the lead until the 15:21 mark of the second half when Centre pulled ahead 50-47 on a jumper and free throw by Alanna Guy, sparking an 11-2 run by the Colonels to go up 58-49 by the 13:06 mark. The Panthers cut it back to two, twice after that, but that was the closest they would come. Centre steadily expanded its lead over the final minutes of the game, going up by as much as 16, 82-66, at the 4:31 mark before winning by 12.

Centre's Paige Baechle led all players with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Guy posted 14 points and nine assists, and Alexis Guy scored 18 points off the bench. Maggie Hartlage also had 14 points for the Colonels.

Centre held the advantage in rebounding, 41-34, while also out-shooting the Panthers, percentage-wise, from the field, three-point range, and the free throw line. Turnovers were even at 19 for each team.

BSC is at home again this Sunday, taking on Sewanee at 1 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.